Unique handmade homewears & jewellery

Newcastle, Australia

Announcement    Everything in my shop is made with strong recycled corrugated cardboard and Love! For more products and behind the scenes process check my website :


Last updated on Oct 9, 2015

Everything in my shop is made with strong recycled corrugated cardboard and Love! For more products and behind the scenes process check my website :


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Sylvie Mathian

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Sylvie Mathian

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On Etsy since 2015

Sustainable: from Engineering to Etsy

I grew up in France and worked for 10 years in Europe and North America as a building engineer in sustainable designs. My purpose was, one building at a time to open people's eyes to eco-friendly possibilities!
I had to adjust my crazy lifestyle for motherhood and a move to Australia. But I still constantly thought about our impact on the environment and what I could do about it. So I decided to express my creativity with a material that can be found in abundance for reuse and furthermore can be recycled down the line: Cardboard!

How on earth did I come up with something like that you ask? Well, the seed was planted by my grandmother when I was little. She used to make beautiful storage boxes with cardboard she recycled and covered with wallpaper. She gave them to neighbours and shop owners around her little village in the centre of France. A year after my move to Australia she passed away and losing her was the trigger for my cardboard lace inspired jewellery. Le Puy en Velay were she lived most of her life is famous for its beautiful handmade lace. Inspiration came from there for the jewellery and lace designs I make and sell in my shop and at markets.

I have attached some picture to show you the furniture making process:

All the furniture I sell is made with a sturdy structure of cardboard. Like the bees, constructing their homes from honeycombed wax cells, I strengthen my pieces with cardboard boxes cut into elements assembled together to create a strong cell like structure in all directions. The series of pictures below shows the making process.

My jewellery is made with cardboard boxes that have been cut, peeled, rolled, glued, polished, then painted and protected.

For homewears I generally glue layers of flat cardboard together to strengthen the frames of mirrors, trays and storage boxes.

All I make is made with lots of fun, love and cardboard!
I hope you enjoy it too.

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  • Sylvie Mathian

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Mum to 2 wonderful boys. Wife to an incredible husband. Daughter to remarkable parents. Granddaughter to an inspiring grandad and a creative grandma who crafted marvellous little cardboard boxes when I was only little, paving the road for me.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 21, 2015
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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Full refunds are only possible for items orders that are not yet prepared for delivery or considered to be lost during shipping. An order is considered as no show 90 business days after it is shipped.
You can pay for your items using Paypal, credit card or Etsy gift card.
Orders are sent after receiving payment.
All orders are shipped from Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
Everything will be shipped as safely as possible. I'm using small boxes or bubble wrap envelopes for jewellery and home wears. For furniture I am using bubble wrap and large custom made cardboard boxes.

Small items will be sent using regular mail without a tracking number. Shipping with a tracking code is also possible, please send an enquiry before you order.

Within Australia, your order should be delivered within 5 or 6 business days after shipping.
To most European countries and the US, your order is shipped using Registered post international (no tracking but signing on arrival).
Estimated shipping times for within Europe, US: 3 to 12 business days. This is based on information from the postal service and should be used as a guideline only

For furniture please contact me.
Customers who are located near Newcastle, NSW, Australia are welcome to pick up pieces to avoid shipping costs. Please let us know before purchase that this is your intention.

Please contact me if there is something wrong with your item on arrival. Damaged items upon delivery will be replaced with no additional costs. Please send me a message. An order is considered as no show 90 business days after it is shipped and will be resend or refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please contact me for custom orders. I can create item from the shop in a specific colour or size. If you require an item such as furniture or a pendant with a specific image I can work on commission. Please contact me so we can discuss your requirements.